True Colors ACADEMY

Call for STUDIO Fellow Members

Application Deadline: Sunday, October 13, 2019

What is the STUDIO Program?

At the STUDIO Program, a next generation of creators, artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, students, and engineers coming from different backgrounds and generations will work together to update relationships between “you and me” and “me and society.”

“Discomfort” that emerges out of dialogue and practice between these 30 fellows member will become starting points for ideas that can be implemented in the real world.

Differences that occur when people with different backgrounds meet is where issues emerge in society. At the same time, we also believe that this can be the source for new values and creations.

We hope that ideas born here will imply possibilities for a new society and that these encounters will continue on after the project concludes.

About the program

Dialogue and Practice

Through dialogue, we will deepen our relationships and understandings with each other and discover differences and new sensibilities. In practice, we will prototype ideas for creating new relationships that can be implimented in society through production and collaboration.

STUDY TOUR (January)
We will conduct fieldwork in various locations in and around Tokyo. Together with guests, we will visit welfare facilities and think about the city and new communities.

ZURE NIGHT (origanized irregularly)
At Shubuya QWS and at secret locations in Tokyo, we will organize hangout spaces to deepen our understandings on the theme through telling personal stories or about discomfort that people feel.

SESSION (February, March, April)
Based on specific themes, we will prototype tools that create relationships.

OPEN REVIEW (May, June) *Optional
We will produce works that will be exhibited at EXHIBITION. Guests will be invited to review the work and we will finalize the prototypes.

EXHIBITION (July) *Optional
We plan to present work and documentation of our dialogue and practice at the exhibition that will take place during True Colors Festival on July 18-19 with an expected number of 10,000 visitors.

We will develop various programs for communication.

Opportunities For The Participants

1. Participation and organizing of lectures with diverse guest speakers.

You will have priority in attending the LECTURE Series concerted around themes of the body, identity, migration and love. You will also have opportunities to propose ideas and organize these lectures.

2. Encounter stimulating colleagues and form a community

1) We will organize programs to engage with members gathered from the open call who come from different generations and backgrounds. You will also embark on tours together to various facilities and be mentored by specialists in field. We will support your activities and creation of work from these new inspirations.
2) During the program you can use spaces in SHIBUYA QWS as your base for activities.

3. Exhibition at the finale of True Colors Festival

We plan to present at the exhibition of True Colors Festival, which will take place in July and is expected to have 10,000 visitors. You will have the opportunity to present your activities and works that were born out of the STUDIO program.

About Applying

Capacity Approx. 30 people *Submissions will be evaluated and selected by the program director of True Colors ACADEMY.
Program Schedule November 2019 ~ July 2020 (TBC)
Submission Deadline Sunday, October 13, 2019
Participation Fee Free
Who Should Apply
  • People who want to resolve discomfort they feel in society.
  • People who want to broaden their perspectives through meeting and collaborating with people coming from different backgrounds.
  • People who feel they are different from others and feel that they are a minority in society.
  • People of all abilities and backgrounds (We will provide as much support as possible).
  • Over the age of 20 (Many of the programs will take place at night. If you are under 20, please contact the Operating Office).
  • Can casually converse in Japanese.
  • Must be able to participate in both STUDY TOUR and SESSION program (EXHIBITION is optional)
    Must be able to attend the KICK OFF PARTY, scheduled October 31, 19:00~21:00 at loftwork COOOP 10 (1-22-7 Dogenzaka Pia 10F, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

* Participants are required to attend the various programs as much as they can.

How to Apply Please apply through this Google Form
Results Only selected applicants will be notified during the period of October 21~25.
Contact academy@truecolors2020.jp  Subject: ACADEMY Open Call
Caution Regarding the Open call
  • You will not be considered if you do not follow the guidelines and formats of the open call.
  • We will only use your personal information for individual communications and will not pass your personal information to a third party without permission.
  • We will not reply to question regarding the selection process and results.

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True Colors Festival

TCF is a long-running international festival of performing arts. We celebrate diversity and inclusion, and embrace the fact that we are One World, One Family. We choose the arts as our platform, for its power to move, inspire and heal.

As a festival, TCF brings people together to generate exchanges, innovation and creativity; and transform the way we relate to each other.

Presented by The Nippon Foundation, TCF brings diverse artists and audiences together through concerts, documentaries, music videos, film screenings, children's programs, musicals, workshops and other activities. Since 2006, festivals have been organized in Southeast Asia and Japan, with more than 1,200 artists from more than 30 countries connecting with a global audience in more than 80 countries.

TCF invites you to journey with us, to enjoy, experience, share and spread our consciousness of being One World, One Family.

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